The preschool program is based on the theory that children learn best in a play-based environment. Children are given the opportunity to develop and master skills at their own rate in a fun, nurturing atmosphere. Activities are put out to help stimulate social, emotional, cognitive, language, creative and physical development. Preschoolers are divided into two rooms; junior preschool for 2.5 to 3 years, and senior preschool for 3 years and up to 5 years.
Routines are an integral part of the day and are also viewed as important learning experiences. Children develop a sense of security and form good habits through regular exposure to routines. As part of the daily routine we have Circle Time. This is a time for us to read stories, sing, converse, dance, joke, listen to story tapes, take turns and have fun. We also go outside on a daily basis, weather permitting.
Our rooms are divided into areas called learning centres. These centres are designed with specific goals in mind and are changed according to the children’s needs and interests. Weekly themes are developed based on topicality and what the children have expressed interest in. Some of the recent themes have included: Transportation, Babies, Earth Week, Dinosaurs, Colours and Construction. The following is a list of the various learning centres and the skills your child may develop: